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Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife Review

By: Kelly Burgess on November 15, 2016

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Pros

  • Tough, rust-resistant material
  • Maintains edge well; easy to re-sharpen
  • Comfortable, sturdy handle
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Feels too flimsy for some
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Breaking it down

Performance

Top performer across the board. The blade of the Victorinox Fibrox 8-inch Chef's Knife is sharpened to 15 degrees. That results in a very thin edge that performs very well in tough tasks like breaking open a thick-skinned squash, but the knife gets equally good reviews for trickier, more delicate tasks like slicing or dicing onions without turning them to mush or leaving partially cut sections. Several expert reviewers say this knife, along with a paring knife and bread knife, are all that you'll ever need in your kitchen. It stays sharp, too, say reviewers, although if you use it a lot it will need to be honed every few days and sharpened every two or three months.

Construction and care

Sturdy, durable and dishwasher safe. Made from stamped, high carbon stainless steel, most reviewers agree that the blade of the Victorinox Fibrox is sturdy and durable. There are a few dissenters who say the thin blade feels flimsy, especially compared to pricier chef's knives. The handle is described as "bumpy and grippy" and reviewers say that it feels secure in your hand and is comfortable for a variety of hand sizes and grips. It also comes in 10-inch (Est. $45) and 6-inch (Est. $25) sizes. All sizes are equally well-reviewed, but the 8-inch knife will be the one that fits most hands; if your hands are unusually large or small, you may prefer a different size. The knives are dishwasher safe, but most reviewers do not recommend putting them in the dishwasher. This chef's knife comes with a lifetime warranty, so in the rare event that you break the knife, it's covered.

Our Sources

Editors of Cook's Illustrated, September 2013

Editors of Cook's Illustrated test 10 chef's knives, including the Victorinox 8" Fibrox Chef's Knife. The handle comfort, blade design, performance at various kitchen tasks and edge retention are evaluated. While this is an older review, all of the knives reviewed are still popular and available.

Alan Henry, April 20, 2015

In this article discussing the knives that should be everyone's kitchen essentials, Alan Henry recommends the Victorinox Fibrox 8-inch chef's knife as one that, "punches way above its weight." He also recommends the 10-inch Victorinox Chef's Knife.

Matthew Ankeny, Not Dated

The Victorinox Classic 8-inch chef's knife is the top recommendation in this roundup of the best chef's knife. The Classic is identical to the Fibrox, just with a slightly different handle; the blades are the same.

Michael Chu, Not Dated

Michael Chu puts 11 knives through rigorous testing, cutting carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and scallions. The MAC MTH-80 is rated the top knife, but the Victorinox Fibrox 10-in. Chef's Knife does almost as well in his tests and he names it the Best Value.

Jessica Harlan, March 31, 2016

Jessica Harlan, About.com's cooking equipment expert, gives the Victorinox 8-inch chef's knife a thorough review here, testing it in her own kitchen across a variety of tasks. While she was initially skeptical of the knife's light weight, she came away impressed and says she found herself, "reaching for it for every task."

Matt Maroon, Jan. 10, 2013

Self-described "foodie" Matt Maroon assembles of list of products that he feels are the minimum necessary to create gourmet food. His choice of chef's knives is the Victorinox Fibrox, which he says is as sharp as much pricier knives and holds a good edge. He notes the handle seems cheap-feeling, but says it's also durable and inexpensive to replace.

Geraldine Campbell, Sept. 14, 2016

The Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife is one of the top choices in this editor round up of the 10 best chef's knives. Executive editor Faith Durand chimes in to say that it is "inexpensive, sharp and long-lasting."

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2016

The Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife is one of the top-rated knives on Amazon.com. In more than 2,960 reviews, it receives an overall rating of 4.8 stars out of 5. Owners say it's a great knife; sharp, easy to use, sturdy and comfortable. A small minority says it's too lightweight or doesn't hold an edge long enough.

9. ChefsCatalog.com
Contributors to ChefsCatalog.com, As of December 2015

In more than 60 reviews, the Victorinox 8-inch Chef's Knife earns another 4.8-star rating. In addition, all but one would recommend the knife. Owners agree that it's an excellent knife for the price, sharp and easy to keep that way.

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